Last Friday an article was published in the Times of Israel entitled “When Genocide Is Permissible”. It was undoubtedly one of the most shocking news headlines in decades (maybe even centuries). There was instantaneous outrage across social media and I would wager to say that half the people tweeting and sharing their outrage didn’t even read the article.
The article does support current Israeli “defensive” argument (which is really an all-out offensive attack on every living creature in Gaza), but the author never explicitly says that genocide is acceptable. He seemed to have enough brains to not go there (however , if you were to measure how close he got to actually saying it – he got 99% of the way there!). But the point of my piece here isn’t to rip apart the author. I want to talk about something WAY more important.
I think we’re missing a huge point of what’s going on in our current times.
Modern Day Genocide Is A Business
A bomb about to hit a house in Gaza pic.twitter.com/TW3ZxpWiXm
— The Anti Media (@TheAntiMedia1) August 1, 2014
I’m not sure if you’ve done a recent tally of American weapons being used in “action” lately – but it’s staggeringly high. Especially since the Cold War has been over for a few decades now. Let’s recap:
- 1991 – The Cold War ends. Up until this point defense spending was bonkers. Basically from 1940 to 1991 was a 50 year period of ridiculous American defense spending to scare the you-know-what out of the “Ruskies”.
- 1991 – 2001 – Birds chirping. Moderate defense spending – slightly lower than the cold war years.
- 2001 – present – Oh my God TERRORISTS!. One terrible day in New York, paved the way for 15 years of record high defense spending. However, very little of this spending was really for homeland defense. Hmmmmmm….something seems fishy…
And let’s take this a step further and look at all the recent engagements where American arms were/are used:
- Afghanistan (2001 – 2014) – Full on war. Tanks, aircraft, bombs, small arms.
- Iraq (2003 – 2014) – Full on war. Tanks, aircraft, naval ships, cruise missiles, bombs, small arms.
- Pakistan (2004 – 2014) – “Terrorist hunting”. Drones, missiles, aircraft.
- Yemen (2002 – 2014) – “Terrorist hunting”. Drones, missiles, aircraft.
- Somalia (2006 – 2014) – “Terrorist hunting”. Drones, missiles, aircraft.
- Libya (2011 – ?) – “Democracy Installing”. Drones, missiles, aircraft.
- Israel / Gaza (1962 – 2014) – “Helping our Ally”. Missiles, aircraft, small arms, bombs, possibly drones.
- East Asia (1945 – 2014) – “Business as Usual”. Naval vessels, aircraft. Read this article for more information.
- Central and South America (1970 – 2014) – “The War on Drugs”. Aircraft, small arms.
These line items above are essentially different markets for the defense industry. And obviously the more markets you can create globally, the more revenue you can generate.
I think the stock price charts of the defense companies below will drive home the point I’m trying to make:
As we can see, they’re doing great. And if we notice the correlation between the number of new engagements U.S. arms are used in to their business performance, I think we can conclude that killing humans is a good business to be in.
PSSST! Have you checked your current investment vehicles to see if you’re contributing to modern day genocide?
We Make Genocide Permissible By Loosely Applying The Term “Terrorist”
In the United States, thanks to politicians and the mainstream media, we’ve painted a canvas of the Middle East as a place filled with terrorists. We don’t show images and videos of normal people going about everyday life – you know regular people who have jobs and families. Instead we are shown images of people running around with AK-47s, landscapes draped with black-smokey fire and bombed out cars and buildings.
So when it’s time to drum up a reason to war, drone or attack someone in the Middle East, it becomes a pretty easy sell to the public. “We’re obviously attacking some terrorists over there – I’m all for it.”
It gets worse than that. Take for instance the infamous “drone list” – the list of supposed terrorists that are to be assassinated by drones – which has never been independently verified for accuracy. Basically, what we have is a government that’s allowed to kill any one they choose, so long as they can label them a terrorist.
It’s scarily possible, that targets are added to this list to create a continual droning market. Or it can be as simple as: droning creates anger and therefore creates more terrorism towards the West and its allies – which in turn creates more “terrorism”.
But on a broader spectrum, bombing and droning far off nations, places that the average American has never heard of makes the “sale” of this destruction a lot easier. Especially if the names of these nations have been associated in some way with terrorism.
In the case of Gaza, we have Israel claiming that they are attacking terrorist targets – when they are actually blatantly attacking everything in Gaza. This is a case of taking the “free to attack terrorist” card to an extreme level. Even the United States government is surprised at how Israel is disregarding the need to be careful of avoiding civilians casualties.
Committing Genocide On Poor And Underdeveloped Nations Make For Easy Sales
This is something the defense industry learned from the 1960s. If you bomb the hell out of a poor nation, that doesn’t speak English and where most people have zero voice in the world – well you’re not going to hear about it in the news.
Nixon diverted bombing Hanoi to bombing Cambodia and Laos – and some experts think that was just to keep the bomb sales up. Not because they needed to bomb these areas. The excuse at the time was that the North Vietnamese army was using Laos and Cambodia as secret route to attack South Vietnam. But if you look at charts of the bombing raids, they effectively bombed the half the surface of both countries.
It wasn’t until very recently did the public learn of the massive destruction and death these bombing campaigns caused. Some estimates say that 150,000 Cambodians and 50,000 Laotians have lost their lives. People in both countries are still dying to this day from undetonated explosives in their country!
“He wants a massive bombing campaign in Cambodia. He doesn’t want to hear anything. It’s an order, it’s to be done. Anything that flies, on anything that moves. You got that? ” – Henry Kissinger giving Nixon’s orders to General Alexander Haig
Fast forward to today’s times and nothing has changed. Droning and bombing non-Western people makes for easy business since the “bad news” rarely makes evening news. This is genocidal behavior. America picks on certain nations and ethnic regions to devastate – because it’s easy to get away with.
We typically think of genocide as racially motivated – but into today’s times it appears to be profit motivated.
The proof is in the budget: American defense spending is at an all-time high.
Committing Genocide Provides A LOT Of Jobs
This is a real sad truth.
The middle class, the 99% and the typical left all push for middle class job creation. And one reason why defense contracts get approved with no friction is because they provide a lot of jobs in America. It’s a solid win for whatever side of the political spectrum you’re on (unless your far left or hardcore libertarian).
In the BBC documentary Why We Fight, they go over this concept in detail. Here’s a section of that documentary explaining American political justification for war:
This is what I believe is the real catalyst for modern day genocide to continue. The Cold War is over. There is no real need to have a massive military or defense force (unless you want to admit to protecting overseas interests). And if you do want to admit that, there a strong argument that it hurts the average American more than it helps them.
But what we have now is a entire section of the American population whose livelihood depends on a thriving military industrial complex. Any military or defense contract that’s going to provide jobs for any number of districts is rarely going to get shot down. No pun intended.
Genocide Is Never Permissible
I’m sure we all agree on this.
But at the same time, we never do anything about it. We may get mad on social media, talk about it with friends and family, but we haven’t seen a strong opposition to this form of modern day genocide since the anti-war movement of the 1960s.
There are very easy actions to help stop it. Here are a few easy things to do to help stop genocide:
- Don’t invest in companies that profit off war. Aerospace, defense, “security”, certain oil companies. Do your homework. Put your dollars to works towards something positive!
- If you work for one of the above – check your values and ethics real quick. Are you working for a corporation that doesn’t align to your person values and ethics? What about your morals?
- Invest in companies or funds that improve rather than destroy the world. This page is a good place to start.
- Don’t vote for politicians that get campaign contributions from defense and oil. Here is a great site to check on who they are in bed with: opensecrets.org
- Don’t let war and genocide be “business as usual”. It’s your job to contact your representatives and voice your concern. And again, vote for people that aren’t about “business as usual”.